The Secret To Success

Success-Secrets

 

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs: 16:3

People love hearing a secret don’t they? Many of the books on the best seller list are those that have to do with supposedly “Secret” methods on everything from weight loss to wealth beyond your wildest dreams!

As soon as I said I had a secret, everybody ears perked up, their eyes got big and their interest was piqued. Not only did I intrigue you with the secret part, but I said I had the secret to success. Automatically some one’s mind went to houses, dream job, great career, booming relationship, or a stock portfolio that’s second to none.

The truth is that these items are just the rewards of true success. These are just additions to a much bigger plan God has in store.

What if I told you that there was a “Secret” methodology for success in your spiritual life that is revealed in the pages of the bible.

What if I told you that God desires you to be successful and to have all of our heart’s desires?

What if I told you that you have everything inside of you right now that would guarantee your success?

What if I told you that this is attainable, and all you had to do was to tweak a few things and develop some new habits?

What if I told you that true success looks nothing like what you are used to?

Success is simple, do the right thing at the right time.

 Secret 1: Submit to God

Truth moment:  We are all submitted to something.  The question is “What are you submitted to, your job, career, lifestyle, relationship, or title?

Submission is a positive Biblical word- To be submitted under the authority of the Holy God, who not only created the universe, but also created you, is essentially knowing Him on an intimate level.

Submission is the act of yielding to the power, will, or authority of another. You must be willing to learn what Jesus said and then be willing to obey His teachings,

 

Secret 2:  OBEDIENCE

Truth Moment:  Let’s be real, our first priority is to please ourselves in any given situation. Obedience to God is not always easy, but it is always the right thing to do.

 “But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22 NLT)

Jesus showed us how to be obedient, “he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8 NLT)

We must surrender our wants and obey Christ.

 Secret 3:  FAITH

Truth Moment:  We all have a measure of faith.  You had faith that every time you take a seat, the chair will hold you up.  The Lord is trustworthy and in order to experience the fullness of Him, you must have faith that He can do anything.

 “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 NLT)

What is faith? Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

 Secret 4: SURRENDER

Truth moment:  We are all surrendering to something. Identify what you have surrendered to and surrender it to God

 “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit, lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:10 NIV)

 The road to success is paved with failures. Failure doesn’t mean YOU are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.

Success requires a constant life of prayer, even when you’re away doing your normal routine, you can still pray to God.  It doesn’t require you to be on your knees with hands clasped.

Success requires a willingness to let go of things that are not beneficial whether it’s a relationship, desire, habit, hobby or attitude.

Success is a willingness to let God be the Lord over your time and money.

Success is a willingness to let God call you into a higher position.

Success will happen when you study God’s Word consistently.

Success will happen when you let God’s Word change you.

Success will happen when you commit.

Success isn’t spontaneous combustion, you must set your own fire. You must make a conscious effort to commit your plans to the Lord. The question now is, how bad do you want it? Are you willing to be obedient to God; have faith in his plan; surrender your ways to him and submit?

Being successful isn’t always easy, but it’s so worth it!

Marcie Wilson, MPA

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Being Mary in a Mary Jane World

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I’m a fan of the show “Being Mary Jane.”  It’s one of my guilty pleasures.  On the show you have an independent, successful, career oriented single lady; who’s making her mark in the media industry.  She lives in a beautiful home, drives a fancy car, helps to take care of her family and wears some of the cutest shoes.  Hey, I’m a sucker for a nice pair of Christian Louboutin. But the person she can’t seem to help is herself.  She has had a string of bad relationships, flings, and made some poor decisions concerning her career.  As I examined her character more, I realized that some women flocked to see this show for advice on how to live instead of watching it for entertainment.

So I set out on a quest to let the women know that it’s the Mary’s in the Bible we need to strive to be like in this “Being Mary Jane” world.

If we are going to be Mary in this Mary Jane world we must:

  • Submit

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

The truth is that we are all submitted to something.  But the question is what are you submitted to.  You see Mary Jane is submitted to her career- she sacrificed her integrity, her voice and friendships, just for a promotion- she was willing to sell her soul for the prime time spot.

Mary Jane was submitted to her own sexual desires- she was in love with a married man and when that didn’t work out she called her boy toy, then when he could no longer perform she moved on to white man she met in the club all to cover up the pain from the man she couldn’t have.

Oh but Mary (Magdalene) submitted to Jesus- knowing her own short comings, issues, she didn’t allow those things to rule her. Instead, she brought those issues to Jesus and she submitted to him, he took care of the rest.

While Mary Jane is busy chasing the things of this world- men, cars, houses, status and recognition.

Mary is busy chasing Jesus.  If you chase Jesus, he’ll give your heart’s desire.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, Proverbs 37:3-6

 

Mary (Yes, I’m talking to you), chase God, trust God, do Good, commit your way to the Lord and he’ll fill your heart.

If you are going to be a Mary in a Mary Jane world you must

  • Sit at the feet of Jesus.

Mary Jane is too proud to sit at anyone’s feet.  She’s too busy making her own way, making her own decisions and doesn’t have to answer to anyone because She’s every woman, it’s all in her. She distracted, discouraged and looking for fulfillment.

Let me introduce to another Mary.  This Mary was the sister of Martha and Lazarus.

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,  but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

It is so much that can distract and deter us, but we have to be Mary in a Mary Jane World and we have to choose to sit at the feet of Jesus.  At the feet of Jesus you get answers to all the life’s questions that you have been pondering in your heart. At the feet of Jesus you get the direction you seek.  At the feet of Jesus you get the love that you desire to fill you up.  At the feet of Jesus you get to cast all of your cares on him and walk away problem-less. At the feet of Jesus you get to exchange your ashes for beauty. At the feet of Jesus you get healed.  At the feet of Jesus you get restored. At the feet of Jesus you receive joy, peace, love and contentment.  It’s at the feet of Jesus I am made whole.

If I am going to be Mary in a Mary Jane world, I must:

  • Have faith in Jesus

Mary Jane put her faith in her money, status, womanhood and even the color of her skin.  She put her faith in the system and when they let her down, she didn’t know what to do.

Here’s another Mary that will show us how to be a Mary in a Mary Jane World; Mary the mother of Jesus.  This lowly, poor virgin; this the way the world describes her, but when the angel came to her, he had a different description:

 “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God” Luke 1: 29

 Mary, you’re a favored!

Mary asked the right questions- How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” Luke 1:34

No doubt, God has shown and told you something great about yourself, but how did you respond?  Mary, even when she didn’t totally understand, she asked her question in faith.  She didn’t say, no way; this is impossible; this can’t be done; instead she asked How?

Mary, ask your questions, “How” is a legitimate question, but ask them in faith.

When you ask in faith- God responds

“The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” Luke 1:35

 

Mary not only should you ask your questions in faith, but we must respond in faith: Mary the mother of Jesus responded:I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Luke 1:38

All of these women, Mary and Mary Jane had issues, all were surrounded by chaos, but those that came out winning, chose Jesus.

Mary, will you submit?

Mary, will you sit at the feet of Jesus?

Mary, will you respond with faith?

 

Mary Magdalene became a devote disciple and she was the first person to tell the Good News that Jesus has Risen.

Mary the sister of Martha was affirmed by Jesus because she chose what was most important.

Mary the mother of Jesus became the mother of our Savior and she will forever be known as the one who bore the savior.

Who will you be Mary?  Mary the entrepreneur, Mary the lawyer, Mary the minister, Mary the teacher, Mary the wife, Mary the champion?

Whatever you have for us Lord- May it be to us as you have said! We’re Ready!

Marcie Wilson, MPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Why The Passion Musical was a Great Success

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Last night on Fox, “The Passion” a live musical was aired. It was hosted by Tyler Perry and some of the cast/singers included Seal, Yolanda Adams, Jeancarlos Canela, Trisha Yearwood and Christ Daughtry.  I started a Facebook discuss as millions of viewers tuned in.  Of course many had their opinions, including me.  During our FB conversations the largest concern was the music selection.  For some in the TV audience, the song selection just didn’t resonate.  It would have been great to hear songs  Christians are familiar with; ones we know are sure to touch our hearts and move us to emotion.  Especially, for those of us who are from the hand clapping, foot stomping, piano thumping church culture.  Then, I had to sit back and look at the bigger picture and the light bulb went on! This wasn’t for the believer. Those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ into are hearts and live for him, our salvation is secure.  Instead, this musical was for those who either don’t know or are unsure of who Jesus is.

Here is why The Passion was a success:

The Reach: Let’s think about this for a moment; on Fox TV, a national station, with millions of viewers, watching a modern day twist on the story of Jesus on Palm Sunday!  Let that sink in.  Then I began to think of all the people who have little to no understanding about Jesus, who was able to see the Good News played out in modern times.  They made the story relatable and easily understood. As the camera moved across the audience, you could see attendees moved to tears. You could feel the electric vibe oozing from the television.

The Message Was Clear: The Good News was shared on a large platform.  They marched a 20 foot illuminated cross from The Superdome in New Orleans; where the survivors of Hurricane Katrina were housed, through the French Quarters (and we all know what kind of activities take place in the French Quarters) to end at the place where the live performance was held. As the camera shot highlighted the marchers I couldn’t help but be moved.  The interviewer was stopping marchers along the route and they, unapologetically, shared their faith in Jesus Christ. People from all walks of life, all nationalities, all colors, genders and various faiths were represented. The cross united us. As one family was interviewed, the dad was moved to tears are he talked about Jesus. He was truly leading his family.

The Mission was Accomplished: The mission was to tell the Good News of Jesus Christ. He lived, He died and He was resurrected for all. I was proud to be a Christian as I watched The Passion. They told the story with Biblical accuracy, they appealed to a broader audience, people were able to use their gifts and talents on national TV (singers, musicians, and production crew) and the name of Jesus was proclaimed. As a Christian, I’m grateful. Tyler Perry did a phenomenal job with hosting, at the end, he talked about Jesus with so much power and conviction.

Personally, I am glad that television aired something that was positive and set the tone for Passion Week.

It’s Jesus week, Go and tell the Good News!

Marcie Wilson, MPA

 

 

 

3 Reasons Why Legacy is Important

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It has been a tumultuous 2 weeks for my family.  We literally watched our mother transition and eventually she got her wings and entered into heaven.  I began to think of how hurtful and awful this is, especially since we had saw this scene 17 years ago with our dad.  During the course of this, I was able to smile and rejoice because I remembered that both my mom and dad left something that would out live us.  They left LEGACY.

Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren,
    but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly. Proverbs 13:22

Legacy is so important and it’s bigger than money, houses and material items.  Here are 3 reasons why legacy is important:

  • Legacy Serves as a Road Map.  It gives direction.  I can honestly say my parents left us a great road map.  They made sure we understood who’s shoulders we stood on and that our mission in life was to go further than they ever did.  They left us nuggets of wisdom that is guaranteed to help us make great decisions.  My dad would often say, “You have to prepare for dying, just like you prepare for living.”  So not only did the show us how to live, but they showed us how to die.  They made sure their business was straight; both spiritually and financially, and they made sure we knew how to execute their preferred plans. Even through the hurt and pain of living without those you love, legacy can serve as a guide to make sure you stay on the correct path.

 

  • Legacy Serves as a Foundation. Every one needs something stable and strong  to stand on. When the winds of life come through; you can continue to stand strong no matter what, because you know what you are made of.  Legacy gives you determination and tenacity to keep moving forward in spite of how you feel because you know you have something greater to accomplish.  Legacy also helps you to provide foundation for the generations that will come after you.

 

  • Legacy gives your Strength. On those days when you are weak, legacy will give you strength. On those days when you feel inadequate, legacy will make you strong.  Legacy deposits something inside of you that is to great to comprehend and allows you to soar beyond your wildest dreams.

At my mother’s home going services I shared some words of encouragement with my siblings on what I feel my mother left us behind, and it’s way more valuable than any material possession: In my sister Lynn she left her resilience; in my sister Robin, she left her faith.  In my sister Shawinette, she left her compassion; in my brother Clarence, she left wisdom and knowledge and in me she left her voice.  Together we will carry out the legacy and we will leave it for our children.

What’s your legacy?  What are you leaving behind?

Marcie Wilson, MPA

Who Ever Said Love Don’t Cost a Thing-Lied!

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I’m sure we have all heard the phrase, love don’t cost a thing.  In early 2000 they even made a movie with that title.  From this statement, the sentiment is that love is easy; but the fact of the matter is, love isn’t easy at all.  In fact, it is quite hard. Love has cost some of us tears, heartache and heartbreak. But love requires unconditional and unlimited devotion and affection.  First Corinthians 13 has the one of the best illustrations of love:

” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Looking at this beautiful picture of love shows us that love does come with a price.  You have to be willing to take a look inside your self and ask, “Where have I fallen short with love.” Have I always been patient or kind?  I’m honest enough to say, I have kept a record of wrong.  I had to give up being right and learn the true art of forgiveness, which includes forgetting.

What I love about God is that demonstrates love! His love had a hefty price tag and Jesus paid the ultimate price;

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

So now the question is, “What will LOVE cost?”

  • Love will cost you selfishness!  Love and selfishness cannot coexist. Love will not allow you to be selfish with your possessions, time, or your affection.  Love causes you to give.   Love will cause you to go without, so that your children can have what they need. Love will cause you to miss a day at work, because your loved one needs you.  Love will cause you to give up being in a hurry so that you can show patience to your aging parent. Jesus  displayed the most selfless act of love ever known to mankind.  God left his perfect thrown, to come to Earth to be mistreated, misunderstood, denied and ultimately, to die; so that we can live.  Now that’s real love.  Jesus showed us how to give up self for love.

 

  • Love will cost you stinginess!  It is utterly impossible to love and to be stingy.  Love, by definition, means to give.  God, who equals love, GAVE– his only son so that we may live.  If God can give his Son, surely we can give kindness, patience and truth.  We were not created to be hoarders of our love, but to be a conduit ; allowing love to flow through us for the world to see.  Hurt can cause us to close our love valve, denying those who need our love.  No doubt, some of you, myself included; have given love to the wrong people and places. This caused genuine hurt and pain; but we cannot allow this to stop us from spreading love.  Betrayal did not stop Jesus from getting on the cross, instead he said, “Father forgive them they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34.  It is a known fact that hurt people, hurt people. When you realize how someone else is hurting, it should drive you to have compassion for them and for what they are experiencing. Love continues giving even after the pain.

 

  • Love will cost you YOU! When love comes in, it’s no longer all about you but it’s about others.  Love was created to be given away and to be shared.  Of course you need to learn to love yourself, but loving yourself should be what fuels you to spread love to others. No, we should not lose our identity to love, but the world should know that we are God’s children by our love.  What areas have you fallen short?  the greatest thing about it is you still have time to get it right.

Love will cost, but it’s so worth it!  Teddy Pendergrass said it best, “It so good, loving somebody and somebody loves you back”.  And that 100% love comes from Jesus.  Embrace it, then share it!

Love,

Marcie Wilson, MPA

 

 

 

Learning to Live in a New Zone

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Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.     Isaiah 43:18-19

Are you ready for something new? If you are like me and you are ready for a mind blowing, earth shaking, out of the box blessing, this is blog is for you!

The word new has many different connotations and most times when people think God will do a new thing; they believe He will improve on a earlier model and make a newer version.  But God isn’t interested in refurbishing you.  He wants to do something in your life that never existed before! Isn’t that Good News!

New: of a kind never before existing before.

But in order to live in a new zone we have to make some necessary changes.  First, we must:

Change our focus, stop looking back– God says, forget the former things, and don’t dwell on that. It’s in the past for a reason. If you are continually looking behind you cannot see where you are going. If you are ever going to move on to new things in Christ you must learn that we cannot depend on past victories to sustain us. Nor can we allow our past failures to possess us.

 Do not dwell on the past, the good or the bad.

Both failures and victories are in the past and have very little to do with where God is taking you now. God is saying, “forget about your past, I am giving you an opportunity to start over.”

Clarify What God wants for you

Verse 19 says  See: Here, God is telling us to do more than just look at it.  He wants us to gaze upon, behold and stare at Him and what He is  doing. He is encouraging us to open our spiritual eyes and to focus in on Him. The world wants to distract us from what we know to be true but the Lord has shown us how to put on our spiritual blinders:

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18

 What will you gaze at?

Next He says “I am DOING”– First thing that we can see is the Great I am, because He states I AM. Remember when Moses asked God, “Who should I say sent me?” His response was “I Am, that I Am”. So here we see the Great I Am- who is he? Whomever you need him to be. The Great I Am is DOING a new thing in your life.  We must trust the process and not the pain. During the process, God is teaching us something, pain is temporary.

Commit yourself to God’s plan

God has already set into motion a new direction and a new purpose for your life — will you follow Him? You can view your past and the problems of your present, or you can focus upon what God wants to do in your life.

You have a choice to focus on the:

Way or Wilderness

Streams or Wasteland

In order to receive the new, we must rid ourselves of the old. We don’t have the capacity to receive something new if we are still filled with old junk, if we are hoarding sin and weight. We must rid ourselves so that we can embrace the new.

God is able to transform the desert areas of your life into fields of blessing and abundance. God can take a dried up useless life and transform it into a life of purpose and grace.

Are you ready to live in a new zone?

Marcie Wilson, MPA

 

11 Things to Leave in 2015

  
Can you believe it!  We are at the edge of completing yet another year. 2015 is just hours away from being a memory. As we reflect on the highs and lows of this year, we must take the good we’ve learned and use it to make us better and we also have to be willing to leave some things right where they are. Here is a list of things that need to be left in 2015.  If these things are let behind, you are guaranteed  to have a successful 2016. 

1.   Anger– Anger is something we must control. Anger should only push us to change something that’s unjust, and then we should be able to let it go. But holding on to anger, turns our hearts cold and drives us to do things that can be harmful. So if you want a happy and joyful 2016, let go of anger and make a conscious effort to walk in joy and peace. 

2. Jealousy– Another person is not your competition. They only person you need to compete with and be better than, is the person you were on yesterday. God loves us all the same and He has a purpose designed just for you. We don’t have to be jealous of another person, because honestly, we don’t know their story. We don’t know what it took to get what they have. We can all experience the blessings of God!  

3. Bitterness–  These three words are life changing, “Let It Go!”  Those things we cannot change, we have to accept. And those we cannot accept we must remove from our life. Being bitter is toxic and it pollutes your environment. Being bitter robs you of experiencing God’s best for you. In 2016 don’t be bitter, but become better. 

4. Mistakes– We all make them!  No one is exempt from making mistakes, but you don’t have to live there. All the mistakes we made in 2015 should be left in 2015. Yes, learn the lesson, make the necessary corrections, but don’t bring the guilt and shame into your new year. Steve Harvey’s admission and apology at the Miss Universe pageant was classic and mature. We must acknowledge our mistakes, take full responsibility, correct it and move on!  What’s been done, usually cannot be undone so don’t sweat it, just fix it.  

5. Things you loss- If you lost it, first figure out how you lost it and if it’s worth getting back. If you are better off without it, leave it alone. Don’t try to go back and make something out of nothing. Sometimes we can miss parts of what we lost and it can cloud our judgement making us think we need to get it back. But actually, losing it was the best thing that ever happened. We don’t have to chase that which we loss because God has so much more in store. As long as we cry over what was loss we cannot walk into the new. 

6. Stuck people– We cannot want something for someone who doesn’t want it for themselves. Some people are perfectly happy where they are. You can’t motivate them and  you can’t change their minds. They are content. If you have this person in your life, you have to become comfortable with leaving them right where they are. Moving forward requires that you leave some people behind. 

7. Hurt– We’ve all been hurt and quite frankly it sucks!  And some hurts cut you to the core. But you know the great thing about pain and cuts; they go away. God has created the body in such a way that it has the power to heal itself. If you treat a cut, cover it and let nature takes it course, it heals. They same goes for your heart. If you tend to, protect it and cover it with God’s word, it heals. So leave the hurt in 2015 and take healing with you into 2016. 

8. Unforgiveness – Let me help you out with this one, “You were right!”  They should of never treated you that way! They were wrong for hurting you; but if you allow Unforgiveness to linger in your heart, you are giving that person permission to hurt you over and over again. Choose to forgive, not for them, but for you. You will need that space in your heart and mind to be free for something more beneficial. Declutter your heart. 

9. Procrastination– Time waits for no man. The longer you wait, the more time you waste. Procrastination makes you tense and it doesn’t give you time to give your best. Stop telling yourself that you “work better under pressure.” Working under pressure doesn’t afford you the opportunity to give your best and it adds unecceasary pressure. Write out the plan, set goals and give it your best and using your time wisely. 

10. Past success – Don’t get trapped in your past success that you cannot walk into a new success. Yes, celebrate your past, but don’t live there. You have some new territory to conqueror. You past success was just preparing you for what’s to come. You can reflect on the past, but you can’t live there. 

11. Self – We must leave our 2015 self in 2015. A new year is a symbol for a new you. We must love ourselves enough to make the necessary changes to become better. Self improvement proves that you love yourself. Everything that was holding you down, free yourself and become better!

2016 is almost here, let’s leave the old and usher in the new!  

  

Happy New Year and Happy New You!  

Marcie Wilson, MPA

The Time is Now! 

  
So many people try to wait until the new year to make resolutions, to map out their plans and to make moves to fulfill their dreams. But what if I told you that you don’t have to wait until January 1?  You can actually start making moves NOW!  The time to do it is now!  No more excuses, no more waiting, no more uncertainty. The time is now!

When opportunity meets preparation you have success. 

 You have been in preparation mode and now God is about to place the opportunity right before you, but you must be willing to move quickly. Why does He require us to move quickly? Because the longer you think about it the more time you have to talk yourself out of it.

Time is of the essence:

There is a sense of urgency. God has spent so much time preparing us for the promise, and it’s now time to act. 

Success doesn’t come to you, you go to get it- Marva Collins 

You don’t have to wait until the clock strikes midnight on Dec 31 to start moving. Make your moves now! God doesn’t deal in time, he deals in eternity.  

One day is like a one thousand years to him. Just think, if you started making moves today you are actually a week ahead of everyone else who’s waiting until Jan 1.  

We need to act fast, because the dream waits for no man. Time is of essence because you don’t want to miss your moment. Nothing is worse than knowing you missed a great opportunity because you didn’t move fast enough.  Moving now removes the fear and anxiety. 

You’ve been equipped

You have all the information you need, you have all the power you need, you have all the wisdom you need.

God has already given you a plan for your life, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” This is plan is designed to fulfill the promise.” Proverbs 29:11

God has so many promises for us,  all we have to do it receive it.  Here’s one of my favorite promises: “Take delight in the Lord,
 and he will give you your heart’s desires” Psalm 34:4

God has also given us the power to produce!  And he wants us to produce NOW! “ Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20.


Moving at the Lord’s command pleases him: 

  • It shows that you trust him
  • It shows God that You believe him
  • It shows that you are allowing him to guide him 

When we move- He gives us the power to produce.

The Time to do it is now! Time is of the essence, you have His plan, Promise and Power, and moving at the Lord’s command grants you his favor! Aren’t you ready for what God has for you, aren’t you ready to bask in the overflow. Aren’t you ready to move? The time is now!

Let’s do it!  

Marcie Wilson, MPA

5 Reasons to Thrive and not just Survive!

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The holidays can bring out the best in us because we get to see family members we haven’t seen in a while; we get share stories from the year; and we get to indulge in all the food we love without feeling guilty.

Holidays can also bring out the worst in us because it reminds us of the family we desire, but don’t have; it brings up memories of loved ones who are no longer with us; and reminds us of the budget we couldn’t stick to.

Studies prove that the holidays are the most depressing times of the year and the suicide rate is much higher.  When God sent Jesus into the world to be born, his purpose was to bring hope, love and a promise fulfilled. Leave it to us to turn a beautiful gift into something less appealing.  But thanks be to God, we can thrive and not just survive the holidays because:

  1. You are alive! If you take a step back and look things over, you’ll realize that what didn’t kill you made you stronger.

Psalm 106:1: Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

2.  You are more blessed than you realize!  When you look at all the things money couldn’t buy, you realize that you are blessed beyond measure. 

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God

3. Look at what didn’t happen! Now this one made me scream!  When you think about what could have happened and what should of happened, but didn’t, you can’t help but to rejoice!

Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

4. You have some great memories!  If you have lost a loved one, it’s hard to celebrate without thinking of the one you lost.  But you can celebrate because you have great memories to feast on.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

This one is my favorite reason:

5. You can create a new ending!  You cannot go back and create a new beginning but you can create an new ending. Your story isn’t finished and as long as you have breath in my body, you can keep on creating.

Psalm 20:4 May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans.

Don’t just survive, Thrive!  God has so much to accomplish and he desires to do it through you!

You are alive to thrive, because it’s so much more to life than just surviving!

Be Blessed!

Marcie Wilson, MPA

Are You a Worrier or a Warrior? 

  
Let’s face it, we are all worried about something.  Parents are worried when their children are out; and they hold their breath until the come back home.  Couples are worried about their relationship. Pastors are worried about the church. Christians are worried about domestic terrorism; and if they are going to have to choose between being a Christian or getting shot and killed.  Students are worried about getting the grades, scholarships and adjusting to their environment.  Singles are worried if they will ever find the one person God wants them to be with.  Seasoned citizens are worried about their health and wondering if what the doctor is prescribing is going to really make them better or further complicate their symptoms.  

What is worry?

Worry is misplaced worship. When we worry we take the focus off of God, who can do all things and we place it on the problem.  We have now worshipped the problem and given praise to our negative situation. Worry magnifies our doubts. The more we worry the bigger the problem seems. Worry destroys today’s peace. It allows us to become consumed with the issue and then we become stressed, irritable, agitated and sometimes angry. Worry causes us to make up scenarios in our mind that are way more horrific than our truth. 

Did you know that 85% of the things we are worried about never happen? Did you know that you have survived 100% of the bad things that have happen to you? Did you know that most of the diseases are caused by stress that began as worry?

“Can worry add a single moment to your life?”  Matthew 6:27

 God is aware of every one of your needs, he’s waiting on you to acknowledge him and ask for his help. As long as you try to do it on your own, he will let you. He never intended for us to carry the load all alone, he sent us help!

Choose this day  if you are going to be a worrier or a warrior. You can only be one. I am on a mission to encourage the heart of the warrior and to change the worrier to a warrior.

Here are a few questions to help you determine if you are a worrier or a warrior:

  • When an emergency arises and you don’t have an immediate solution; do you Pace the floor or do you have Peace

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6

 We must be intentional about our thinking. A warrior isn’t consumed with what the enemy has in his plan because they are mastering their strategy.  

Our thinking is something we must take charge over. If we don’t, it will control us.  Worry begins in the mind with one small thought. 

 Did you know that your first 10 minutes of thoughts in the morning usually control your day? 

  • When something unexpectedly arises in your schedule, do you Panic or do you Prioritize.  

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33
His commandments, His desires, His love, should all be the center of what we are and desire to be. All other entities find their position as a result. God honors us when He is honored as our top priority. 

What have you placed before God? 

God needs you to trust him and to be committed to him. Gone are they days of excuses and lack of commitment. He promised that when we seek him, He’ll add all the other things.  

  • When you are hard pressed on every side, do you see a Problem or an opportunity to Pray?

I am reminded of the hymn, “What a Friend we have in Jesus”  and the second verse says: Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer. 

What peace have you forfeited, what needless pain have you bore because you haven’t prayed about it. Every warrior has a weapon that they use to protect them on the battlefield and our weapon is prayer.  
Prayer takes the burden off of me and places it in the hands of the man who can take care of it. Prayer quiets my spirit and calms my emotions. Prayer doesn’t inform God, because he already knows, but it creates a space for him to work. Prayer strengthens my relationship with the father. Prayer get results. Prayer serves notice to the devil and lets him know that we are ready to rumble. 

If you are at peace, know how to prioritize and take everything to God in prayer, then you are a warrior!  Worry isn’t beneficial to us, but being a warrior guarantees a victory!  

Be Victorious!

Marcie Wilson, MPA